Tis the Season


“Tis the Season”
Galatians 4:4-5
4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son,

born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those
under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

It hardly seems possible that the season of Lent has
arrived already! Didn‟t we just finish celebrating
the season of advent just a few weeks ago? Time
has gone too fast! I‟m not quite ready for Lent, are
you? Anyway, „tis the season;‟ the season of Lent!
The world in which we live has just celebrated „Fat
Tuesday,‟ „Mardi Gras.‟ and „Carnaval‟ in a last
ditch effort to have one last opportunity to live it up
and have a good time before having to „give it all
up for Lent.‟
Don‟t you find that this is all kind of strange? I do
because when I look at what the Bible says, giving
something up for Lent isn‟t really mentioned in the
Bible. In fact the Bible is consistent in telling me
that there is nothing I can do to gain any „brownie
points‟ with God. God doesn‟t care much about
whether I give up chocolate for the 40 days of Lent.
What God wants is for me to give him my heart and
my life.
As I write this article it is Ash Wednesday, the
official beginning of Lent.‟ We probably don‟t
know much about Ash Wednesday because it is not
a day that we traditionally keep in the church year
of our ecclesiastical tradition. However, I might be
a good thing for us to be more aware of Ash
Wednesday and what the season of Lent is all about.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent as a
time of remembering the somber days that
constituted the last days of our savior‟s life.
Specifically on Ash Wednesday we are called upon
to remember the fragility of our lives and the
temporary nature of our earthly lives. We are called
upon to cast our memories back to the Garden of
Eden where sin entered into the realm of human
existence. We are called upon to remember that
when God confronted our primal parents he told
them that their sin had caused the reality of death to
enter the world. When he spoke to them in Genesis
3:19 God said: “By the sweat of your brow you will
eat your food until you return to the ground, since
from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust
you will return.” Therefore on Ash Wednesday the
mark of ashes is placed upon our foreheads while
saying…„from dust you have come and to dust you
shall return.‟
So during the time of Lent we can remember the
invisible stain of the ashes (for they are long
washed off) on our forehead is the reality which
Jesus came to undo.
love this passage from the Bible from Galatians 4:4-
5 because it reminds me that God, in his wisdom
and everlasting love, had the season of Lent in mind
from this very moment in the Garden of Eden and
proclaimed; „tis the season.‟ Yes, when he promised
that Jesus would come to crush the serpent‟s head
and to bring God‟s salvation and forgiveness to our
world, God set a season in place for this to be
“When the time had fully come, God sent his son
born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those
under law, that we might receive the full rights of
sons.” All praise and glory and thanksgiving be to
My dear brothers and sisters, the season of Lent
may be dark and somber in some ways, but I would
encourage you to also be aware of the light and joy
that circulates beneath the shadow of suffering and
death. “Tis the season to be jolly,” this is what the
world says about Christmas. But I believe we can
say about Lent; “Tis the season to be ecstatic,”
because Jesus has come and has accomplished our
adoption as children of God!